Editorial Activities

In 1978, at the request of SAGE Publications, I submitted a report on the future of European Studies Review. Many of my recommendations were subsequently put into practice, including the alteration of the title to European History Quarterly, and the change of editorship which followed. I was also the chief consultant for SAGE on the change of editorship in 2003, when the journal’s original connection with the University of Lancaster was severed. I have also twice attended the annual editorial board meetings of Geschichte und Gesellschaft in Berlin by invitation, to advise on future strategy for the journal both in the 1990s.

From 1983 to 1986 I was, with Mary Fulbrook, Founder editor of German History, serving on the editorial board from 1986 to 1998. There is an account of this period in the journal’s silver jubilee issue (see Publications), co-written by us both. I also launched (as General Editor from 1987) the Routledge Social History of Europe; from 1989 I was on the editorial board of the Fischer Europäische Geschichte; from 1998 also on the board of the OUP series The Making of the Modern World (still in progress); from 1993 on the Editorial Board of Historical Social Research/
Historische Sozialforschung, a journal produced in Cologne; and from 1998 on the Editorial Board of Crime, History and Societies, now an online-only journal.

In 1994 I acted as Advisory Editor for A Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century World History, ed. John Belchem and Richard Price (Blackwell, Oxford, 1994; reprinted as The Penguin Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century World History, 1996). This followed a report I was commissioned to submit to Penguin Books on their old Dictionary of Modern History in the late 1980s.

In 1999 the editors, Walter Laqueur and George L. Mosse, asked me to join them as Editor of the Journal of Contemporary History in succession to Arthur Marwick. Among other things this involved my acting as editor of Vol. 38, No. 1 (Jan. 2003), on ‘Redesigning the Past”. and Vol, 39, No. 2 (April, 2004), on ‘Understanding Nazi Germany’. As Editor (with Niall Ferguson and Stanley Payne) of the Journal of Contemporary History I have since 2004 been mainly responsible for introducing book reviews (see my Editorial in the January 2008 issue), establishing an annual conference grant, and organizing the move of premises from the Wiener Library. I was also responsible for the appointment of the two new Review Editors who took up office in January 2008. Niall Ferguson resigned as editor due to pressure of work, and Stanley Payne and I have continued to edit the journal together, focusing increasingly on the post-1945 period and extending its geographical range.Text goes here